Social Networking Nonsense
So I'm taking a class about the sociology of Social Networks like Facebook, and have recently come across two of the greatest ac-article quotes (both from articles by Danah Boyd):
For example, teens often break up with their significant other through MySpace comments (typically boys breaking up with girls). The reason for this is simple: a vocalised breakup is visible to all Friends, making it difficult to play the ‘he said/she said’ game or to control the breakup narrative by modifying the Instant Messaging (IM) conversation.
and of course,
For example, it is cool to have Friends on MySpace but if you have too many Friends, you are seen as a MySpace whore. These markers of cool are rooted in the social culture of MySpace. One of the ways that coolness is articulated is through bulletin posts meant to attack those who have status online and offline. One such post is a satirical Top 10 list of “How To Be Cool On MySpace,” which includes material like “Your MySpace name MUST contain symbols and incorrect spelling” and “All your blogs have to be about how bad your day was."
OK, at least I found it funny.